$100 Million Lawsuit Accuses T-Pain, Rick Ross, DJ Khaled & More of Stealing Music
A $100 million lawsuit... Yeah, you read it right, a $100 million lawsuit has been levied against numerous rap artists accusing them of stealing numerous songs.
According to a report by AllHipHop.com, plaintiff Paul Batiste, who represents The Batiste Brothers band, a noteworthy New Orleans jazz ensemble founded in 1976, filed a lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana accusing a number of producers, rappers and record labels of stealing The Batiste Family’s music and illegally incorporating it into their own, without permission or compensation.
Among those named are T-Pain, DJ Khaled, Pitbull, Rick Ross, Ace Hood and Cash Money Records are all named as defendants in the 118-page lawsuit and are accused of releasing “an immense number of songs infringing upon plaintiffs' catalog.” Among the song named as examples include 'Blame It' and 'Booty Wurk' by T-Pain and 'All I Do Is Win' by DJ Khaled.
“Defendants have blatantly poached beats, lyrics, melodies and chords from plaintiff’s songs,” the lawsuit says. “Many of the defendant's songs have been released multiple times, in multiple versions and that each release constitutes an independent act of copyright infringement.”
Along with the aforementioned rappers and producers, numerous publishing companies and record labels are targeted including Def Jam and RCA/Jive.
The Batiste Family is seeking full accounting, award of actual damages, profits and a permanent injunction in order to prevent the defendants from ever using any more infringing material without Batiste's permission. Check out copies of the lawsuit documentation below: